Muira Puama

What Is It?

Popularly referred to as potency wood, muira puama is an old Brazilian folk aphrodisiac and cure for sexual impotence. Salves, tinctures, and other formulations are made from the trunk or roots of two key shrubs (Ptychopetalum olacoides and Ptychopetalum unicatum).

Muira puama is typically found in “Men’s Health” products along with other herbs touted for sexual potency. Despite a lack of evidence that it actually works, men continue to take muira puama to prevent impotence and enhance sexual desire. There is also little evidence to support its use for rheumatism, for which it is also often used.

General Interaction

There are no known drug or nutrient interactions associated with muira puama.


There are no known health risks associated with muira puama.


Impotence Drink 1 cup tea each morning.

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